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Shovels & Spades
Every good gardener needs spades and shovels in their shed - they’re must-have items for anyone wanting to maintain a fabulous flower bed or luscious lawn! However, there’s more to garden shovels and spades than blindly shoving it in the dirt. OnBuy’s range has the perfect tools to make sure your garden is the envy of the neighbourhood, whether you’re digging, transplanting, neatening up your borders, or need something pointed to break through hard, sun-baked soil.
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Garden spades and shovels are usually the first tool gardeners get their green fingers on, and while you can probably get by on any old bit of kit, your back and your garden won’t thank you for it! There are tools out there designed for specific jobs to make your life easier, like pointed garden shovels to break through tough, compacted soil, flatter blades to help create perfectly straight borders, and transplanting shovels to help move your budding plants from the pots to the garden beds as they grow.
The other big thing to consider is the size of your spades and shovels - that can really make the difference between making gardening fun, and spending the next few days grabbing your back and making strange noises as you struggle to get out of your chair. OnBuy’s range will have the right tool for the job, whether you’re digging a hole to plant a new tree, need to fill it again with fresh compost, or you’re ripping up a dying jungle of a garden that’s in desperate need of some TLC - use the wrong tool and you’ll end up paying for it the next day!
What’s the difference between shovels and spades?
Many people use the two terms interchangeably because there’s not many differences between the tools. However, there are pretty important distinctions. Garden shovels have flatter blades that are better for digging holes; garden spades, on the other hand, are more curved and better for moving of soil, compost, and other items.
As they have different uses, they’re also constructed slightly differently to help get the most power from the least effort. A great example: spades tend to have longer handles and broader, flatter blades so that you can get a lot of downward pressure to help break through tough ground. Spades have shorter handles as you want to minimise the strain of carrying materials on the blade. Now you can see why skimping out by not buying the right tools can end up costing you when it comes to aches and pains!
What is the best material for shovel and spade handles?
Each material has its own strengths and weaknesses, so choosing the right handle depends on your priorities - price, durability, look, or weight. Cheaper options include wood and plastic, which is more traditional but can be more prone to snapping and splintering as they get older. At least with wooden shovels and spades, the handles are easier to replace when they do split.
On the other hand, metal handles are at the more expensive end of the range. With that price tag, you get a more durable product that won’t snap as easily and is guaranteed to last longer. The downside is that they are much heavier tools, so won’t be right for everyone - especially frailer gardeners who need something less strenuous. Whichever material you choose, it’s important to keep it clean and well maintained to prevent rusting, rotting and to help prolong the life of your garden shovels and spades.
Frequently asked questions about shovels and spades
What is a garden spade?
A garden spade is pointed to create the perfect cutting/digging tool for soil. The edges of a garden spade are sharpened and curved to aid in turning the earth or cutting a hole.
Which steel are garden spades made from?
The best gardening spades are typically made from carbon or stainless steel with the head and handle socket having been hand-forged (not stamped) from a single piece of thick metal.
What is a garden spade best for?
Garden spades and shovels are specifically designed to dig holes in relatively soft or loose soils. It's also shaped so that you can use the weight of your body on the footrests to help the cutting edge get deep into hard soil.
Do shovels come in handy?
Of course! A garden shovel is used to dig holes, move soil or snow, or any other type of loose materials, so this tool is a must-have for both avid gardeners and people who simply like to spend time in their garden!